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September 28, 2012

Another Electronic Notebook: OneNote!

Okay, electronic notebook lovers, listen up! We are back with another amazing resource to share: Microsoft OneNote! Mac users: We apologize in advance. OneNote is currently not available for you guys. If you want something similar, try…

September 26, 2012

Mailbag: 170 Students and Drowning in Grading!

Dear Maia, I am a high school principal in Colorado, and some of my teachers have 170 students EACH. They are drowning in homework to grade. How on earth can they make this easier and more efficient? Kate…

September 21, 2012

No Desk? No Cart? No Problem!

After last week’s post about teacher desks, a few of you wrote in to share your stories of not having a desk, or not even having a cart! I feel your pain. I spent a year teaching in three different outside trailers…there were  frequent…

September 19, 2012

FAQ: Hey, Do You Have a Pen I Could Borrow?

My first year of teaching, I had REALLY long (and admittedly, kind of messy) hair. At the end of the day, I would shake out my ponytail and occasionally find at least three pens hanging out up there. Next, I would empty the pockets of my…

September 13, 2012

Parents Need Help With Organization, Too!

I had my first taste of school as a parent last week when I dropped off my 2-year old daughter at preschool for her very first day. I diligently followed her school’s guidelines for labeling an extra set of clothes, what was and was not allowed in…

September 7, 2012

Pack It Up, Pack It In…Let Me Begin

  Many of us are forced to pack up our classrooms each summer—even if not moving to another room or another building, but so they can be cleaned or summer school can be held in them. Prepping for packing leads to some not-so-fun before and…

September 5, 2012

FAQ: How Much Time Does It Take To Be “Together?”

So, the dirty little secret here is that organization does take SOME amount of time. And yes, that is time that COULD be spent planning, grading, analyzing, family phone-calling, and more. In fact, we know of a small percentage of people…